HELPING PREVENT, DETECT, AND TREAT SKIN CANCER
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the primary cause of skin cancer and no one is immune to it. With more than 500,000 new skin cancer diagnoses each year, prevention, detection and treatment are more vital than ever.
Skin cancer surgery treats the three major types of skin cancer in Seattle and Kirkland:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): Abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that are found on the outermost layer of the skin.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): Uncontrolled growths of abnormal skin cells found on the skin’s upper layers.
- Malignant Melanoma: An abnormal growth or division of melanin-producing cells located in the bottom layer of the skin.
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These types of skin cancers can be found on any part of the body, but 80 percent appear on the face, head, or neck area. Sunscreen and protective clothing can help protect you from skin cancer, but our team of qualified surgeons in Seattle & Kirkland, WA can help detect and treat skin cancer in the most effective way possible.
Most treatments to remove cancerous lesions are conducted under local anesthesia. Small lesions are removed with excision, while large lesions may require some reconstructive surgery. Incision sites may be sore for a few days, but usually can be managed with acetaminophen. Healing will continue for weeks and even months after your surgery, and incision lines will fade and continue to improve. Sun exposure on wounds and scar lines for the first six weeks can result in irregular pigmentation or cause the removal site to become red, raised, or dark.
Learn More About Skin Cancer Surgery in Seattle and Kirkland
If you are concerned about abnormal growths or see signs of change on your skin, contact our dermatology department at Northwest Face & Body to schedule a consultation today.